Author Events

May 11, 2019 Saturday

11:30 a.m.

Chicago, IL

Women and Children First Bookstore

Storytime and Craft: Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes

5233 N. Clark St. 773.769.9299 

Women and Children First Bookstore

May 12, 2019 Sunday

1 – 4 p.m.

Milwaukee, WI

Official Book Launch at North Point Lighthouse

Joining with Renée Graef, Sport illustrator, and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press for presentation and signing. Milwaukee Coast Guard, Museum Mile Day and Mother’s Day!

2650 N. Wahl Ave. 414.332.6754

North Point Lighthouse

May 13, 2019 Monday

6 p.m.

Manitowoc, WI

Sharing the Story of Sport

Joining with Renée Graef, Sport illustrator, for a presentation and signing.

75 Maritime Dr.  920.684.0218

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

May 15 & 16, 2019 wednesday &Thursday

School Day

Milwaukee, WI

Boswell Book Company School Visits

Joining with Renée Graef, Sport illustrator, for presentations for 1-3 graders in Milwaukee area schools.

2559 N. Downer Ave 414.332.1181

Boswell Book Company

June 15, 2019 Saturday

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

South Haven, MI

Book Signing at Michigan Maritime Museum Harborfest in South Haven

If a beautiful June day will be outside on the harbor area by the museum. The Michigan Maritime Museum has wonderful displays and several fun opportunities for cruises on the Lindy Lou or the Friends Good Will. Also this Saturday is the museum’s Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show.

260 Dyckman Ave. 269.637.8078

Michigan Maritime Museum

June 17, 2019 Monday

Time: 3 p.m.

Muskegon, MI

Storytime at Muskegon South Pierhead

Sport and the Hyacinth would have stopped in Muskegon, so what fun to remember his time on Lake Michigan during a storytime on the pier.

1431 Beach Street

Muskegon Lights

June 18, 2019 Tuesday

3 p.m.

Muskegon, MI

Story Time at Hackley Public Library

Sport loves libraries. especially during summer reading programs! Hackley’s summer program runs from June 17-August 17 with the theme of A Universe of Stories. We’ll explore the universe of Lake Michigan.

316 W. Webster Ave.  231.722.8000

Hackley Public Library Children’s Department

June 29, 2019 Saturday

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New Buffalo, MI

Michigan Welcome Center

Sport will be welcoming travelers to Michigan on the Saturday before July 4th. Pam will be sharing information about Sport’s story, either inside the center or outside in their park setting. The New Buffalo Center, just north of the Indiana-Michigan border has lots of brochures, maps and guidebooks about Michigan. The center is staffed by experts in all things Michigan.

11630 Wilson Road 269.469.0250

New Buffalo Welcome Center

More on the Welcome Center

July 5, 2019 Friday

Time – T.B.A.

Saugatuck, MI

Book Signing at The Book Nook of Saugatuck

Enjoy the Saugatuck Parade and Festival on the 4th, then take the time to amble along Butler Street the next day. Great bookstore, with an owner who supports new books about the Great Lakes.

439 Butler St. 269.888.3576

The Book Nook of Saugatuck

July 6, 2019 Saturday

1 – 4 p.m.

South Haven, MI

Book Signing at Black River Books

What a wonderful bookstore – used, collectible, signed and new books all beautifully displayed. Booker, the resident bookstore dog will meet and greet you! The Haferman’s, the owners are also committed to welcoming you to their book world.


Black River Books

July 12, 2019 Friday

10 a.m.

White River, MI

Storytime at White River Light Station

Part of the Hackley Public Library – Muskegon summer story time series. Will share a photo of Sport when he came to White River Station in 1926.

White River is part of the Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association which also includes Big Sable Point, Little Sable Point and the Ludington Breakwater. All are worth a visit.


Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers

July 13, 2019 Saturday

10 a.m.

Montague, MI

Book Signing at The Book Nook and Java Shop

Excited to visit a bookstore that expands the beauty of a bookstore to include music, programs and a cafe. 

 8744 Ferry Street 231.894.5333

The Book Nook and Java Shop

JulY 18, 2019


2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Manitowoc, WI to Ludington, MI


Setting sail on the S.S. Badger Ferry

Family Program onboard the 2 p.m (C.S.T.) departure. Arrival in Ludington at 7 p.m. (E.S.T.) You can only know Lake Michigan by being out on her waters! Thanks to the S.S. Badger Company for keeping Great Lakes passenger ship travel going. In 2016 the S.S. Badger was designated a National Historical Landmark.


S.S. Badger

July 19, 2019


Time: TBA

Ludington, MI


Port of Ludington Maritime Museum 

Program to commemorate Sport’s burial at sea 3 miles off Ludington on July 20, 1926. Book reading, Coast Guard Salute, Fundraiser for dog rescue, Newfoundland dog club.

The museum is located in a former U.S. Coast Guard Station, which is now listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Beautiful setting on Lake Michigan. 

 217 South Lakeshore Drive 231.843.4808

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum


July 30, 2019


Time: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Grand Haven, MI


Tri-Cities Historical  Museum 

Author reading and program for children during Kid’s Day at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. Sport will feel right at home in this lovely maritime town!

The museum’s special exhibit is: Icebound – The Ordeal of the S.S. Michigan, which in 1885 became icebound on Lake Michigan. Displays tell of the many dramatic episodes of the story.

200 Washington Ave. 616.842.0700

Tri-Cities Historial Museum

July 31, 2019 Wednesday

10 a.m.

Grand Haven, MI

Author Visit and Reading at The Bookman

Grand Haven is jumping during their Coast Guard Festival so it will be fun to be part of the action, especially since Sport was a shipdog!

10 am. 715 Washington Ave. 616.846.3520

The Bookman

August 1, 2019 Thursday

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Port Washington, WI

Port Exploreum – Port Washington Historical Society

Children’s Program with author and illustrator of Sport.

118 N. Franklin St. 262.284.2406

Port Exploreum

August 2-4, 2019 Friday – Sunday

10 a.m. – Evening

Kenosha, WI

Kenosha Tall Ships

Book and Children’s Village Events to be scheduled

Lakefront Kenosha

Kenosha Tall Ships

September 10, 2019 Tuesday

3-5 p.m.

Portage, MI

Portage Senior Center

Historical program about the Hyacinth, Sport and life and navigation on Lake Michigan in the early 1920’s.

320 Library Lane 269.329.4550

Portage Senior Center

September 27-28, 2019 Friday and Saturday

Ludington, MI

Michigan History Conference

Historical Society of Michigan. The conference will feature many sessions on the the maritime and lumber history of the Ludington area. Will be in the vendor area with information about Sport.


Conference Information

October 11, 2019 Friday

10 a.m.

Menasha, WI

Fox Cities Book Festival – Program at the Menasha Public Libary

Sport Book Program for children and families.

Fox Cities Book Festival